Argentina beat Uruguay 1-0 in Copa America classico ✅ This was Uruguay’s first game in the competition while Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Chile on matchday one.
Coach Lionel Scaloni made four changes to the side that played against Chile and it was one of the new starters that broke the deadlock in the 13th minute.
Edinson Cavani returned from his suspension to lead the line alongside long-term strike partner Luis Suarez. Uruguay is probably the only major international team that still uses a traditional two-man attack.
Other established players of quality in the Uruguay team that took on Argentina included Diego Godin, Jose Gimenez, Federico Valverde and Rodrigo Bentancur.
Marcus Acuna and then Lionel Messi forced Fernando Muslera into early saves in the game with a rebound from the latter’s shot falling to Lautaro Martinez. However, the Inter Milan striker was unable to sort his feet from just six yards out.
Argentina broke the deadlock soon after. A short corner kick routine allowed Messi time and space on the left wing and he sent a delightful cross to the backpost that was converted by Rodriguez.
There were loud shouts from Uruguay when Cavani went down in the box, seemingly under contact, in the 27th minute but match referee Wilton Pereira Sampaio was uninterested and waved play on. VAR checked into the event but the decision was not overturned.